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June 2022 Hydrologic & Precipitation Summary

Summary

Rainfall anomalies ranged from 4” drier-than-normal to 3” wetter-than-normal across the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The wettest areas were in La Crosse and Monroe counties in west-central Wisconsin. It was the 9th wettest June in Sparta, WI and the wettest since 2004 (9.84” - 3rd wettest). Record began in 1893. The driest areas were in Clayton County (IA) and Grant County (WI). Precipitation totals ranged from 2.07” at Boscobel Airport, WI (ASOS) to 8.44” at Sparta, WI (COOP). The greatest 1-day rainfall was 3.57" near Holmen, WI (CoCoRaHS). This rainfall fell from 7 am on June 13 to 7 am on June 14.

Flood Conditions

During the afternoon of June 13, there was minor river flooding along the Middle Fork of the Whitewater River near Whitewater State Park. It went above the 13.5 foot flood stage at 1:26 pm CDT and crested at 13.61 feet at 1:45 pm. The river fell below flood stage at 2:33 pm CDT.

Later on the evening of June 13, minor river flooding occurred along the La Crosse River near La Crosse, WI and this flooding would continue into the early morning hours of June 14. It went above the 7.5 foot flood stage at 9:07 pm CDT and crested at 7.83 feet at 1:15 am CDT on June 14. The river fell below flood stage at 5:30 am on June 14.

On June 15, minor river flooding occurred on Rock Creek about 6 miles west of Osage, IA (Mitchell County). It went above the 1,142 foot flood stage at 12:24 pm CDT and crested at 1,142 feet between 2 pm and 2:15 pm CDT. The river then fell below flood stage later that evening at 10:45 pm CDT.

Also on the evening of June 15, minor flooding occurred along the La Crosse River near La Crosse, WI. It went above the 7.5 foot flood stage at 10:50 pm CDT and crested at 7.71 feet at 3:15 am CDT on June 16. The river then fell below flood stage at 7:30 am on June 16.  

River Conditions

USGS average monthly stream flows for June 2022 were above normal for the Kickapoo River at La Farge, WI; Lemonweir River at New Lisbon, WI; Mississippi River at Winona, MN; and Turkey River at Spillville, WI. The remainder of the rivers in the NWS La Crosse Hydrologic Service Area (HSA) were near normal. 

During June, the Mississippi River at La Crosse, WI had an average 7 AM stage of 7.53 feet. This was 0.61 feet above the 1937-2022 long-term average of 6.92 feet. The highest stage was 9.85 feet on June 1. This was the highest stage in June since 2019 (June 14). The lowest stage was 5.90 feet on June 28. This site has not been at or above flood stage (12 feet) since April 13, 2020. This ongoing stretch of 809 days is the 12 longest without reaching the flood stage. It is the longest since an 811-day stretch from July 8, 2014, to September 25, 2016 (the 11th longest stretch). The longest stretch was a 3,986-day stretch from May 12, 1954, to April 9, 1965.

Drought

At the beginning of June 2022, abnormally dry (D0) conditions covered 2.7% of the La Crosse Hydrologic Service Area (HSA). This expanded to 15.1% by the end of the month.

 

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